In southern California fall doesn't seem to naturally arrive too early so we have to help it along or at least do our best in simulating the essence of fall. We do that through food, scent and color. During the Soap Challenge all I kept thinking about was incorporating the fall and winter season into everything I make. I came across these ingredients in the market and decided to start there.
So many recipes include palm oil so when I came upon Red Palm Oil and thought it could make a really nice naturally colored fall soap. I did a little research and found it's extremely beneficial to the skin, full of Vitamins A, C, and E plus beta carotene. In addition to to the positive biochemical affects on skin it is a great moisturizer. Pumpkin Seed Oil is a luxurious oil rich in Vitamin E, zinc, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids as well as antioxidants.
I didn't want any fancy designs, I just wanted the ingredients to present themselves.
I loved the creamy fall color and decided not to let the soap gel (heat up too much and make the color deeper) but being relatively new to soaping and not knowing what to expect, while I kept playing with the spoon I noticed it decided to heat up anyway, right before my eyes. From top left clockwise, you can see the progression and by the bottom right picture I decided I better wrap it up so and insulate it overnight to hopefully completely gel and not just partially gel.
Several days later it's out of the mold, looks and smells just like fall.